The body is the teacher.
I am the student.
The mind is the space where the teacher and the student meet.
You are not the body. You are not the mind. Mind is just empty space. It is like a large room. It can seem spacious, calm, and open; or it may seem tight, confined, and cluttered. We can fill up all the space of the mind, or we can declutter and open it up. But whether filled or unfilled, it is just space. We like to think of the mind as a mechanism of control, as a center and originating point of action. But if we look deeply we see that it is just empty space.
We think we know the body. We think we can comprehend it. We think that we can lay hold of it, own it. Typically, we start out believing that we are the body. We may make no distinction between I/me and the body. Or we consider the body to be our servant or slave, or like a dumb animal that we simply control and use as we see fit.
Of course, these are ways that we can relate with the body. The body allows us to ignore it, neglect it, and abuse it. But there is another way we can relate with the body. We can see the body as a kind, wise, and patient teacher. We can cultivate an attitude of reverence, gratitude, and devotion toward the body. Continue reading “The Body Is the Teacher”